Just over 18 months ago my sister-in-law died from ovarian cancer.
A fairly blunt sentence with which to start tonight’s blog, but the sadness cannot really be disguised with any prettier wording. She was kind, gentle and so very young.
In two weeks time I will be taking part in the Race for Life, raising money for Cancer Research UK. I don’t need to write more on this difficult subject to explain why this cause is close to my heart.
I am actually a little apprehensive as I have decided to run the 10k distance. Over the last few months as I have gained confidence and strength I have been regularly running (read jogging slowly) distances of around 10k. I have never taken part in a formal race.
The reason I’m vague about the exact distance covered on my longer weekend runs; I simply take my trainers and music and then run without measurements or timings. I usually run for the peace, personal space and perhaps a small hit of endorphins.
Attempting to race a 10k distance feels altogether more daunting. 5k is short enough for me to run with the aim of achieving the best time I can, although my sub-25 personal best is still frustratingly out of reach. A half marathon is long enough, for me personally, to feel finishing regardless of the time, is satisfying.
10k is sort of in between.
Of course the Race for Life is relaxed, participants are encouraged to run, walk or dance their way around. Whilst I quite like the idea of breaking into a boogie mid-run, I have to get finish in just over an hour. Exactly an hour and 30 minutes after I start the 10k race I begin another 5k run accompanied by my lovely niece and sister-in-law.
Despite the apprehension, I’m delighted to have the chance to compete a personal challenge, and even more excited to experience a 5k circuit with my extended family. We will have fun, we will wear pink, you never know we might even have a dance.
And of course at times we might be sad.
Most importantly the money that we raise will be used for further cancer research.
I’m sharing this post with fitness Tuesday over at the inspiring blog fitness 4 mamas)